UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW MATCH DAY 2

UEFA champions league match day 2 returns Tuesday night 2th September across Europe with interesting Clashes for fans to savor.

Group E
Tottenham have received a boost on the eve of their Champions League encounter against CSKA Moscow, with striker Harry Kane now likely to return earlier than expected.

Kane sustained an ankle ligament injury against Sunderland eight days ago and has been left out of the trip to Russia, along with Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino put his squad through their paces at the new Arena CSKA, with the north London club hoping to kick-start their European campaign after a disappointing start against Monaco at Wembley.

The Lilly whites have been in good form on the road in the Premiership and will look to replicate that in Europe. Missing out will be key players like Dembele, Deir, Rose and Sissoko. CSKA on the other hand are a point ahead of the londoners in the group following their 2-2 draw with Leverkusen in match day 1. They Russians are in Good form form going into this game just one loss in their Last 5. Monaco and Leverkusen will round up Match day 2 in this group and 3 points will be what either will want.

Group F

Zinedine Zidane watched keenly as his Real Madrid side prepared for their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and their teammates ran through a series of drills and seemed in high spirits ahead of the match on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos will be targeting an improvement from their draw with Las Palmas in La Liga, a match where Ronaldo was substituted by his manager.

A move that the forward found very upsetting indeed. Manager Zineidne Zidane: At a news conference Zidane said: ‘Everything is normal. Cristiano wasn’t the only one angry after the game but it’s over now and we are thinking about tomorrow’s game.

‘I understand the level of attention it received but it is what it is. I took the decision in the best (interests) of the player and that’s not going to change anything.

‘We have spoken about it. I’m not dumb and he’s intelligent. We all have the same objectives, the two of us and the rest of the team.’

Real’s strong start to the season has been punctured by two consecutive draws, which interrupted a joint La Liga record of 16 straight wins.

Their problems have been worsened by injuries to midfield anchor Casemiro and left back Marcelo, who will both miss the game against Dortmund.

Real were lucky in Match day 1, as a very plucky Sporting Lisbon almost ran away with a point from the Bernabeu. Dortmund will provide a different kettle of fish from Sporting Lisbon the German side thrashed Legia Warsaw away from home 6-0 and will be eager to humiliate the Big mame favorites Real at the signul induna park.

Tuesday’s game, will see the two teams renew a rivalry in the competition that was last contested in the 2013/14 season at the quarter-final stage with Real progressing to eventually win the final.

Prior to that, their meeting in 2013 will be remembered for Robert Lewandowski producing a striking master-class, when he scored four times in the semi-final, as the Germans went through to the Wembley final, only to lose to Bayern Munich.

Group G
Claudio Ranieri will unleash his ‘Dragon Slayer’ on Porto on Tuesday as Leicester’s summer signing Islam Slimani reacquaints himself with the club he tormented in Portugal.

During three seasons at Sporting Lisbon, Algerian forward Slimani scored six goals against rivals Porto. Among the Sporting fanbase, he assumed the colourful nickname of the ‘Dragon Slayer’, a reference to the mythical creature that adorns Porto’s crest.

The £29million Slimani has already scored a goal against Porto this season after netting in Sporting’s 2-1 victory at the back end of August, only three days before joining Leicester.

So when the Foxes and Slimani were drawn out of the pot the following week, there may well have been grimaces among the Porto defence.

‘He is not a player we can ignore,’ admits Porto manager Nuno Espirito Santo. ‘He is a striker, a goalscorer, and we must control him. But it’s not just about Slimani — it’s about (Riyad) Mahrez, (Jamie) Vardy. The way to control it is as a team. We cannot lose our main idea. We like to control the ball.’

Leicester manager Ranieri broke into his familiar and endearing chuckle when he was reminded of the statistic.

He admits he has spoken to Slimani about the best way to overcome their Portuguese opponents.

‘We talked together. Slimani has scored so many times against Porto and I’m sure he will be a threat.After sailing to a 3-0 victory over Club Brugges a fortnight ago, opportunity now abounds to edge closer towards qualification.

Group c
Manchester City have been warned to beware of a Celtic backlash ahead of their Champions League clash in Glasgow on Wednesday.

City head north on the back of 10 straight wins under Pep Guardiola and are rated strong favourites to heap more continental woe on Brendan Rodgers’ men after their 7-0 mauling by Barcelona earlier this month.

But according to Fernandinho, City – who by contrast started their campaign with a 4-0 breeze against Borussia Monchengladbach – must tread carefully to avoid embarrassment of their own.

‘Of course they (Celtic) had a painful defeat for themselves and their fans, but maybe that’s one of the reasons they will step on the pitch with a lot more concentration, motivated to win this game.

‘So we will have to be very careful and stay very focused to not allow that to happen.’

City and Barcelona have inevitably been installed as strong favourites to progress from Group C but Fernandinho believes the outcome of the four-team league is far from certain.

He added: ‘I think sometimes people say that City and Barcelona are the favourites, but I don’t agree because Borussia are an excellent team and Celtic are an excellent team as well, especially when they play at home.

‘The Champions League is always special, you always have to be careful, you always have to think that you cannot make mistakes – there’s no relaxing, otherwise you’ll pay for it.

‘That’s our intention this year, to play 100 per cent concentrated, the way we have been playing, and try to win these games which are really important to us.’

Celtic would be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Mancity and will fancy their chances coming from a morale boosting 6-1 triumph of Kilmarnock at the weekend.

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